Representatives of several Brookhaven neighborhood groups have written to county officials questioning whether plans for a drug store on Peachtree Road will comply with recently developed zoning requirements.
“As Brookhaven redevelops itself, the things we’d like to see happen are projects with more of a cohesiveness and neighborhood feel,” said Bill Roberts, a member of the Brookhaven-Peachtree Community Alliance and author of one of the letters concerned with plans to construct a Walgreens at the corner of Peachtree and Colonial Drive.
The first proposal to develop the Walgreens was presented to county officials several years ago. Modified versions have been presented several times since.
Roberts said neighbors worry the proposed Walgreens won’t meet the requirements of the “overlay zoning” adopted for the Brookhaven area several years ago. The overlay requires a more urban feel for developments in the area, he said.
“The residents went through a public process [to develop the zoning overlay],” he said. “A lot of people put in volunteer time to see it happen and people think it’s real. This Walgreens project is really the first test of the overlay district since the overlay was adopted.”
In his letter to the county planning department, Roberts wrote, “To turn a blind eye to this public feedback … would represent a cynical disregard for the citizens of Brookhaven.”
Laurel David, the lawyer representing the developer of the project, said the developer wants to present the plans to the community soon. She said representatives of the developer recently met with Historic Brookhaven Community Association president Frank Clementi and had asked him to arrange a community meeting.
Clementi said he planned to confer with his board and then arrange the meeting. He said no time and place had yet been arranged for the gathering.
David declined to reveal the new plan until the meeting. “I really want the neighborhood to see it first,” she said.
But she did say the proposal was “considerably different” than designs rejected in the past.